By Lars Dalseide | October 18 2013 11:20

Diaz doubles up for 1500 and Distinguished matches with Nowlin 9mm

Right side action of Stephanie Diaz's 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic for NRA's 2013 NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Those who read our first piece on the Guns of Stephanie Diaz series may remember that she's ambidextrous. The right hand is for revolvers and the left is for semi-autos. Since last we went with her right, it seems only fair that we go with the left this time out.

Today we're looking at Diaz's Nowlin World Cup PPC 9mm. The one she won the title of High Woman at this year's National Police Shooting Championships. Suffice to say, it's a beauty.

"I put in my order for this gun back in 2003," said Diaz. "I love this gun, it shoots great."

Stephanie Diaz's 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic for NRA's 2013 NPSC in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Based out of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Nowlin has been one of the premier custom gun manufacturers for decades. Starting back in 1979, the company has seen their product propel competitors to the top of "USPSA, Bianchi Cup, and IDPA events from the local, national and on up to the world level."

If you're shooting one of these, odds are that you're landing somewhere up at the top.

And thanks to a recent rule change, this is the 9mm that does double duty for Diaz in the 1500 and a Distinguished semi-auto matches.

Left side of a 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic owned by Stephanie Diaz of the LAPD

"Last year I had Springfield remove the sight rib and put in the tri-set sights so I could use it both matches," she explained.

Both Distinguished at the 1500 Open Class allow for pistols with 6 inch barrels, a trigger pull of 3.5 pounds and a maximum sight radius of 8.5 inches. But there are a few differences. External trigger stops, for example, are allowed for the 1500 but not for the Distinguished. Luckily for those like Diaz, such modifications can be made easily enough.

Left side of a 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic used by Stephanie Diaz in NRA's  National Police Shooting Championships

"The thing you have to remember is that conditions here change so rapidly. Sometimes you have to change sights from 7 to 25 to 50 just because of the lighting conditions, the wind or the rain. But that's what makes it fun."

Down the sights of a 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic used by Stephanie Diaz in the 2013 National Police Shooting Championships

For more on NRA's National Police Shooting Championships, visit their website at npsc.nra.org

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